And you thought Rush Limbaugh was dangerous?
He was never able to force the resignation of a White House aide. For that, you can blame Glenn Beck.
When I first heard Beck’s personal attacks against President Obama’s “Green Jobs” advisor Van Jones, I thought he was crazy. And I still do.
Seriously, what’s so anti-American about pushing for green jobs, especially among young, unemployed minorities? For his work in that department, Time magazine named Jones one of the 100 most important people in America.
But, along the way, Jones had made two mistakes. He signed a petition asking for an investigation into the theory that George Bush and Dick Cheney had planned the September 11 attacks. And he referred to Republican opponents of Obama’s health care reform as “a-holes.”
Big deal! Yet, in just two weeks, through a relentless, Joe McCarthy smear campaign, Glenn Beck was able to force Van Jones out of the White House.
Welcome to the Beckification of American politics.
I don’t know what makes me more angry: the fact that Beck was so successful, or the fact that the Obama White House was willing to throw Jones overboard so fast.
Either way, it’s a sad and scary day for America.
That’s my parting shot for today.